MERGE WINNERS. Jasline Batiller (center), who was crowned 2019 Dinagsa Queen in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, last night, is flanked by 1st runner-up Edzal Padernal and 2nd runner-up Ricklyn Marie Tanguan (right).* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Duterte at BacoLaodiat?
1,720-man force to secure festivities

There will be 1,720 police officers, force multipliers, and traffic enforcers deployed to secure the 14th BacoLaodiat Festival in Bacolod City, next week, to which President Rodrigo Duterte has been invited.

However, there is no confirmation yet on the arrival of the President, Chief Insp. Ariel Pico, Bacolod City Police Office public information officer, said.

The BCPO has prepared two security plans, the typical and the contingency plan in case the President arrives. moremoremore

PCCI supports liberalization
as Negros opposition mounts

Workers and business groups in Negros Occidental yesterday expressed fear of a sugar industry collapse with the proposed sugar import liberalization of the national government, which they are opposing.

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod also passed a resolution opposing the move.

However, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a statement issued yesterday, said it is backing the move of government to deregulate sugar importation in a bid to moderate prices of the essential commodity. moremoremore


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DA, NFA Western Visayas
preparing for Q1 harvest

The Department of Agriculture and the National Food Authority in Western Visayas held a coordination meeting on the collaboration and interventions of the department on the local procurement of NFA for rice buffer stocking, DA 6 regional director Remelyn Recoter said yesterday.

The meeting was attended by NFA regional and provincial officials, led by its newly-installed regional manager, John Robert Hermano, and DA personnel.

There are 24 rice processing centers (RPC) and one Korean International Cooperation Agency funded RPC in the region that will be validated by NFA provincial managers for partnership as buying stations/pickup points, and for possible drying/milling and storage services. A meeting with the farmers’ associations managing the RPCs will be conducted once the validation results from the field are consolidated, the press release said.